The Canadian parents of a toddler who was left brain damaged following a Shock Trauma Air Response Society (STARS) ambulance flight have filed suit against the service and several of its medical personnel, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
Emily Moar and Blair Campbell filed the action in response to the May incident that left their 2-year-old son, Morgan Moar-Campbell, with traumatic brain injury (TBI). STARS is a private nonprofit air ambulance.
In the Canadian court system, the parents are making a so-called “in-trust claim.” According to the Winnipeg Free Press, that means these plaintiffs will seek compensation for the loss of their own incomes, the loss of their son’s income over his lifetime and the cost of his medical care for the remainder of his life.
The toddler was transported by a STARS helicopter on May 2 from Brandon, Canada, to Winnipeg after having a seizure. Doctors in Brandon had put Morgan into an induced coma before the flight, so he had a tube inserted to make him breathe while unconscious. But when the copter landed in Winnipeg, it was discovered that the tube had been pulled out, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.
With that intubation tube dislodged, Morgan’s brain was deprived of oxygen for 30 minutes, his parents claim. The only part of his brain that wasn’t affected was its stem, which controls basic functions, the newspaper reported.
The tot sustained irreparable brain damage, is disabled and will need special care the rest of his life, his family alleges in its suit.
STARS was named as a defendant, as were emergency doctor Shane Mutz, nurse Gail-Janet Thomson and paramedic Elizabeth Speers, according to the Winnipeg Press Press.